Polytechnic workers begin nationwide warning strike

Polytechnic workers begin nationwide warning strike

- Another industrial dispute between the federal government and the polytechnic workers is looming

- The senior staff union in polytechnics explained why they have decided to embark on a warning strike

- The workers disclosed the next action they will take if the government fails to meet their demands

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Workers in public polytechnics across the country on Wednesday, January 6, announced that they have commenced a nationwide warning strike.

The workers under the union of Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnics (SSANIP), said the strike was embarked on to protest the non-implementation of their demands.

Polytechnics staff begin nationwide warning strike
The minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, has made efforts to resolve seral industrial disputes in the country. Photo: @LabourMinNG
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The national president of SSANIP, Philip Ogunsipe, said the industrial action would be escalated if the federal government fails to fails to implement the union’s demands.

He told The Sun that the government has refused to uphold their demands for over 10 years.

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Ogunsipe disclosed that the attitude of the government prompted the workers to commence 14 days warning strike.

He, however, warned that at the expiration of the two weeks, the union may embark on a full-blown national strike.

Some polytechnics across the country including Federal Polytechnic, Ede, Federal Polytechnic, Offa, and Federal Polytechnic, Nekede confirmed to the newspaper that their members were on strike.

Meanwhile, an emerging report indicates that lecturers in public universities may soon begin another strike if the federal government fails to fulfil its own part of the agreement reached in December 2020.

The Academic Staff Union Of Universities (ASUU) stated that a fresh industrial action could commence as early as next week.

The union made the disclosure in a tweet on Monday, January 4. In another tweet on Tuesday morning, January 5, ASUU advised the government to honour the agreement reached to avert the planned strike.

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In another report, Nigerian university teachers have accused the federal government of reneging on the agreement reached with ASUU.

In a statement sent to journalists, ASUU noted that the government was yet to pay their December salaries, while “illegal” deductions were still to be refunded.

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